Health mini factsheets

These bite-sized factsheets contain easy-to-read information from the history of soya to the age-old question “Where do you get your protein?”. Do you need a B12 supplement? What about calcium and vitamin D? Why does red meat harm and is chicken any better? Find out why fish is not a health food and how diet can affect IBS and dementia and which foods we need for a healthy immune system and to maintain a healthy weight. All this and more is explained in these 15 beautifully designed A5 factsheets feeding you all the facts from vitamin B12 to soya. To order your set of 15 online see here.

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Mini fact sheet: Vitamin B12

Mini factsheet: Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 helps make red blood cells and keeps our nervous system healthy. If you lack vitamin B12 you could suffer from vitamin B12 anaemia – your red blood cells aren’t able to carry oxygen around your body properly.

Mini factsheet: Calcium and vitamin D

Vitamin D is often overlooked, and many people are unaware that deficiency is common in the UK, especially during the winter!

Cancer and diet

Mini factsheet: Cancer and diet

Cancer incidence in the UK is ranked higher than 90 per cent of the world! Half of us will be told we have cancer at some point in our lives, and one quarter of us will die from it


Mini factsheet: Chicken and red meat

Chicken has become the most popular choice in the UK, the so-called healthy option – but is it?


Mini factsheet: Children

The health and well-being of our children critically determines their opportunities in life. A healthy diet is vital to reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and many types of cancer. There’s a lot of misinformation around, so is a vegan diet healthy for kids?

Mini fact sheet: Fat facts

Mini factsheet: Fat facts

Not all fats are bad, a small amount of ‘good’ fat is essential for health. It provides energy and helps you absorb some nutrients.

Mini fact sheet: Heart health

Mini factsheet: Heart health

Your heart pumps oxygen-rich blood around your body through a network of arteries. Problems arise when arteries are blocked by the build-up of plaques made of cholesterol and other fatty substances in blood

Mini fact sheet: Iron

Mini factsheet: Iron

Your body uses iron to make haemoglobin in red blood cells and myoglobin in muscles, both proteins carry oxygen to fuel the body. Without enough iron to make these proteins, iron-deficiency anaemia may leave you tired and short of breath

Mini fact sheet: Protein

Mini factsheet: Protein

It’s a tired old question asked by those who think animal products are the only proper sources of protein. But do vegans fall short? What are the facts? Why do we need protein?

Mini fact sheet Soya

Mini factsheet: Soya

No other plant divides opinions like soya – some consider it healthy and versatile, others say it is harmful and should be avoided. What are the facts?


Mini factsheet: Dementia

In the UK, one in 14 people over the age of 65 has dementia and it increases to one in six in people over 80. However, 40 per cent of cases could be prevented or delayed and  evidence shows a healthy diet can help. 

Mini factsheet fish

Mini factsheet: Fish

Fish is marketed as a health food that may help protect heart health. However, some experts warn against eating both farmed and wild-caught fish and shellfish. 

Mini factsheet: healthy weight

Mini factsheet: Healthy weight

Achieving a healthy weight isn’t about being thin, it’s about having a healthy body that works well and isn’t held back by inflammation, achy joints, high blood pressure or high blood sugar. 


Mini factsheet: IBS

If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) you can still eat many plant foods and the right ones can help.

Immune system

Mini factsheet: Immune system

Your immune system protects you round-the-clock but what you eat can have a considerable effect. You can make it sharper by eating well and looking after yourself – or you can overload and weaken it. 

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